Love is a journey!
Rev. Dawn Krohberger
Serving All Denominations
Long Island, NY- Suffolk & Nassau County
Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan
Your wedding day should be as special and as unique, as you are a couple. It is your wedding, you choose the ceremony.
Together we will customize a ceremony that symbolizes
your unique love for one another.
Interfaith, Same Sex Marriage,Traditional,
Spiritual, Non Religious Religious, Vow Renewals
No matter what religion you practice or faith you aspire within, the laws of love remain the same. Love cares, Love shares, Love strengthens and Love knows, that no matter what gender or race or creed we are, Love is from a place of no judgment, belongs to no one and stands gracefully in the shadows of hope and within the silence of generosity.
-Reverend Dawn Krohberger
Celebrate the union of your love with
"Let's Say I Do" Wedding Ceremonies
To the soon to be wed;
What is Love? Love is a word that cannot be described easily or in a few sentences. Love fills our hearts with joy and our lives with meaning. We all give love and we all receive love in many different ways. What is marriage? Marriage is not the love you give or receive; it is the vessel that contains it. Let your marriage be a place where love takes you on a journey together, let it bring you the gifts of light and let it grow within and without constraints. Let it fill your hearts and let it fill your hearts again, for there is no way to measure love there are only ways to embrace love. May your love flourish throughout a long and happy life and may you bring new ways of expressing your love to one another each and every day. Bring the feelings you have today, the joy and wonderment of each other, with you every step of the way. I wish you peace and happiness on your journey.
With Love, Rev. Dawn Krohberger
There are a few things to consider when planning your ceremony aside from choosing a marriage officiant that is right for you. There are many options available to you, you can choose to write and recite your own vows, choose traditional or standard or we can create unique vows together. You can involve family members and friends to share in the ceremony with a reading or prayer as well. There are also rituals that can be added that will serve as a visual aid of the love you are sharing internally. You can choose a ritual that will best symbolize the unity of your lives. As a marriage officiant I have heard so many couples begin planning their ceremony not considering or caring to add these rituals. Once I explain what they are and begin to apply it to who they are and what they share they usually choose one that best fits.
Examples of these rituals are: The Unity Candle ~ Hand Fastening (Nuptial Knot) ~ Blending of Sand ~ Sharing Wine~ Breaking Glass or Jumping the Broom. You can see a more detailed description of these rituals in the "ceremonies" page at the upper left corner of this page.
There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" wedding ceremony. Each couple I meet is unique be it their background, how they met, their religious beliefs, children, no children. As a marriage officiant I believe that your wedding ceremony should be just as unique as you are as a couple. Your wedding ceremony should reflect as much of who you are as an individual and as a couple. I can't think of a more beautiful way to celebrate the beginning of your married lives.
I am dedicated to assuring that your ceremony will bring forth as much as who you are as a couple as possible. We will meet before your special day and we will create so that your day is every bit of enchanting as you dreamed it would be.
Each couple is served and treated individually for their own particular needs and desires with nothing short of love and integrity.
After all, this is about YOUR day and this is my passion.
Prayers and Blessing
The Prayers and Blessings below are just a few of my personal favorites.
You are welcome to add any of these to your ceremony or you may
have a personal favorite of your own.
As an Interfaith Minister I am never surprised by how the the
words of each denomination can touch my heart and leave such an impact.
Whether you are an interfaith couple or not words may move you as well.
I encourage you choose what makes you feel complete in your togetherness when choosing readings regardless of your individual beliefs or religious background.
An Old Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
Irish Marriage Blessing
May God be with you and bless you.May you see your children's children.May you be poor in misfortunesand rich in blessings.May you know nothing but happinessfrom this day forward.
Jewish Seven Wedding Blessings
May your marriage enrich your lives. May you work together to build a relationship of substance and quality.
May the honesty of your communication build a foundation of understanding, connection, and trust.
May you respect each other’s individual personality and philosophy, and give each other room to grow and fulfill each other’s dreams. May your sense of humor and playful spirit continue to enliven your relationship.
May you understand that neither of you is perfect: you are both subject to human frailties:
and may your love strengthen when you fall short of each other’s expectations.
May you be “best friends”, better together than either of you are apart.
May you grow old on one pillow.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way: it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
And now faith, hope, and love abide, and the greatest of these is love.
by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness.
And let the winds of heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
Between the shores of your souls
"I Carry Your Heart With Me"
by E. E. Cummings
I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart
I am never without it
Anywhere I go you go, my dear;
And whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling
I fear no fate - For you are my fate, my sweet
I want no world - for beautiful you are my world, my true
And it's you - are whatever a moon has always meant
And whatever a sun will always sing - is you
Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
Which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide
And this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart - I carry it in my heart
"The Key to Love"
The key to love is understanding.
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word
But those unspoken gestures,
The little things that say so much by themselves.
The key to love is forgiveness.
To accept each others faults and pardon mistakes
Without forgetting, but with remembering
What you learn from them.
The key to love is sharing.
Facing your good fortune as well as the bad, together.
Both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
To intensify your happiness
The key to love is giving.
Without thought of return,
But with the hope of just a simple smile
And by giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is respect.
Realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas.
That you don't belong to each other,
You belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.
The key to love is inside us all.
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients.
It is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work..
But the rewards are more than worth the effort.
And that is the key to love!
"TIL DEATH DO US PART"
by Carol D. Bos
I hope it is decades before death parts us
But I don’t know what God has in mind
I pray that he’ll let us be happy always
But I can’t comprehend plans divine.
It may be that turmoil will dot our landscape
With its gray skies and swirling intrusion
It may be that joy will fill both our hearts
And we’ll think pain is just an illusion.
But I think it’s likely we’ll see some of each
As we walk on this pathway together
I promise you now: I will give all I have
From my mouth you’ll not hear the word “Never.”
With so much uncertainty, crime,
and abuse that exists, everywhere,
all around us More than ever we need to hold fast
to the truth of our marriage…
Life will not confound us.
Time together is fleeting; it is too scarce to waste.
My goal- is to make my life-mission
A beautiful tapestry highlighting “us”
Sewn with threads from our human condition.
I want to explore the full spectrum of life
Before we’re too close to its leaving
I want to embrace vast explosions of joy
That make both our hearts, strong and heaving.
I know I will love you for all of my life
No matter the time we are given.
I’m yours till death parts us-
left all alone-
Until God reunites us in heaven.
Marriage is the blending of two hearts,
two lives; two minds into one everlasting love.
Many things in life are best in pairs.
A bird’s song is more beautiful when it is returned by a companion.
Laughter is more joyful when accompanied by another.
Success is more satisfying when there is someone with whom to share it.
And love is never as wonderful as when there is someone to return it.
Of Marriage:Kahlil Gibran
Here love begins to render the prose of Life into hymns and canticles of praise,
with music that is set by night, to be sung in the day.
Here Love’s longing draws back the veil, and illumines the recesses of the heart,
creating a happiness that no other happiness
can surpass but that of the Soul when she embraces God.
Marriage is the union of two divinities that a third might be born on earth.
It is the union of two souls in a strong love for the abolishment of separateness.
It is that higher unity which fuses the separate unities within the two spirits.
It is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance,
and whose ending is eternity.
It is the pure rain that falls from an unblemished sky to
fructify and bless the fields of divine nature.
As the first glance from the eyes of the beloved is like a seed sown in the human heart, and the first kiss is like a flower upon the branch of the Tree of Life, so is the union of two lovers in marriage is like the first fruit of the first flower of that seed.
"The Wedding Vow"
You are not the air that I breathe,
You are the sweet scent that drifts upon it
You are not the sounds that I hear,
You are the music of my life
You are not the food that I need,
You are the nourishment of my soul
You are not my will to survive
You are a reason for living
It is with you that I experience the wonders of the world
It is with you that I triumph over the challenges in my path
It is your partnership that will lead me to the fulfillment of my dreams
It is your friendship that guides me as I learn and grow.
It is your patience and wisdom that calms my restless nature
It is through you that I know my true self
I do not take you for granted, I cherish you
I do not need you, I choose you
I choose you today in witness of all the people who love us
I choose you in the privacy of our hearts
I choose you in strength and weakness
I choose you in health and in sickness
I choose you in joy and sorrow
I will choose you, over all others, every day for all the days of my life
This Day I Married My Best Friend
This day I married my best friend
the one I laugh with as we share life's wondrous zest,
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that's best.
the one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
the one I love with every fiber of my soul.
We used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole.
The Best Is Yet To Be
On your joyful wedding day,
You begin a brand new life.
Friends and family give their gifts
To joyful husband, blissful wife.
But the greatest gift you'll ever get,
A gift from heaven above,
Is love forever, ending never,
You'll share life's joy and pleasure;
You'll have plenty of that, it's true.
But love is the real treasure
For your new spouse and you.
And if life hands you challenges,
As it does to one and all,
Your love will hold you steady
And never let you fall.
Your wedding day is full of joy;
Tomorrow you cannot see.
But one thing's sure for the two of you:
The best is yet to be.
These I Can Promise
I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise all my heart's devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that's ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.
Two friends decided to journey together towards a common destination.
Before they began their journey they shared their expectations as follows:
There will be days my friend,
When one will want to walk along the mountain path,
Whilst the other may prefer the valley,
But we will come together at the end of the day
And share our experiences.
There will be days when one will want to sing and dance,
Whilst the other will prefer to travel in quietness,
So we will choose different paths,
But we will meet at the close of the day and be content with our experiences.
There will be days when one may want to rest,
Whist the other may want to move further along the path,
But at the right time we will come together
And be happy that each has fulfilled their own needs.
There will be days when we shall travel together as one.
If we can respect the other’s need whilst still fulfilling our own,
Then our journey will be an experience to rejoice in.
The Art of a Good Marriage
by Wilferd Arlan Peterson
The little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.It is never going to sleep angry.
It is never taking the other for granted;the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,it should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner,it is being the right partner."
“On Marriage,” from The Prophet
by Kahil Gibran
You were born to be together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in your silent memory.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not bondage of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one other of your bread, but eat not of the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone, though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping,
For only the hand of life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not toonear together,
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
Rev. Dawn Krohberger
Marriage Officiant, Clergy
Serving Long Island Suffolk & Nassau County
Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan
Let's Say I Do
To get the full value of joy,
you must have someone to divide it with.
Dedicated Member of the clergy since 2009
Proudly Serving All Denominations
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